January 9, 2022
The Multnomah County Juvenile Services Division was informed on January 9, 2022 that another employee in the division tested positive for COVID-19. It was determined that there was no workplace exposure in this case. But this brings the total number of positive cases at JSD to 15 (13 employees and 2 individuals) since mid-December.
The division continues to work side-by-side with public health infectious disease control experts and the Multnomah County health official to take all recommended actions to best protect the health and safety of staff, young people, families and the community. This includes the following guidelines established by the CDC, state, and local health partners to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace, including stay home if you are sick and continue to wear masks correctly.
Get vaccinated. Be boosted.
Outbreaks of COVID-19 cases and new variants are seen locally and nationally. Public health officials stress the importance of minimizing transmission and taking effective measures: get boosted, get vaccinated, stay home in case of exposure or illness, and upgrade your face covering for a better quality mask. Vaccination remains the most effective tool to prevent serious illness, which is why Multnomah County, acting as the local public health authority, is reallocating staff and other resources away from case investigation and from contact tracing to increase vaccination and boosters among those at highest risk of serious illness.
What you can do
Be boosted. People 16 and over who had a full streak more than six months ago (or more than two months for J&J), should get their booster now. Do not wait. If you are older, have an underlying health problem. This is especially important to avoid serious illness.
To get vaccinated. If you haven’t already, take your first dose now. Even a single dose starts to lower your risk of serious illness and death, at least for a few weeks. The second dose and the booster dose add a lot more protection.
Stay home if you are sick or exposed. If you have symptoms – even if you are vaccinated and especially if you cannot get tested – we ask that you stay home and self-isolate to avoid potentially passing it on to others. If you have been in close contact and cannot pass a test, quarantine yourself for five days from the date of exposure, then wear a mask for the next 5 days while in the world.
Wear a quality mask. Wear a properly fitted mask indoors, outdoors in crowded spaces, and when around people at high risk of serious illness from COVID-19. People should wear the highest quality mask possible that is comfortable to wear.
For more information on COVID-19, including symptoms, visit County COVID-19 Website, which contains practical tips and information on testing and other Oregon Health Authority COVID-19 website or the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention COVID-19 websites.